United Way’s young leaders are tomorrow’s philanthropists and community leaders.




Open to those 40 and under, Young Leaders United harnesses the energy of young professionals who want to impact lives and create a better community for all.

United Way’s Young Leaders United is an international network of young professionals (from their early 20s to mid-40s) who share a passion for advancing community solutions, in their own backyard and around the world. Through unique networking events, hands-on volunteering opportunities and innovative leadership trainings, members leverage the power of United Way Forsyth County to connect, serve and grow—both personally and professionally.

As a Young Leaders United member, you might mentor students at a nearby high school, join your city’s basketball team to teach kids about health and fitness or have lunch with some of the most influential business leaders in your area. Members expand their social and professional networks and enhance their skill sets by networking with others in their field and by helping plan United Way-sponsored volunteering and fundraising events.

The Young Leaders Society is built for young leaders, by young leaders. Your voice and actions help drive what we do and how we accomplish it. Here are just a few ways that today’s young professionals LIVE UNITED.

Members are encouraged to volunteer 24 hours annually in the community, enjoy exclusive leadership development, social networking opportunities and hands on ways to make a difference.







-Jennifer Heaton, Forsyth County Chair, Young Leaders United

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2018 Professional Development  







Young Leaders United provides exclusive community leadership and professional development opportunities! One way we do this is through our “Lunch With Leaders” series. United Way and corporate chapters of YLU generously host professional development luncheons with leaders from various companies and non-profits in our community. FREE LUNCH provided!


When: February 28, 2018 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: United Way Forsyth County-301 N. Main Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101

Who: Wendy Poteat-Spicer


United Way Forsyth County is excited to host February’s Lunch with Leaders featuring Wendy Poteat-Spicer, Director of the Forsyth Promise on February 28, 2018.

The Forsyth Promise (TFP) is a United Way of Forsyth County supported initiative that helps enhance the education of Forsyth County’s students so they all can reach their full potential.  The countywide initiative works to improve educational outcomes of every child from cradle to career.

Poteat-Spicer will be responsible for managing the daily operations for the county, enriching community partnerships and cultivating private, public and foundation support.

Prior to her new position, Poteat-Spicer was director of government affairs for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce where she was a registered lobbyist and advocated and secured funding and legislative support for priority projects. She served for 2 years as the Chief Operating Officer for A United Community, LLC, where she created and implemented organizational strategies, policies and practices.

Poteat-Spicer serves on the Board of Visitors for Guilford College; was appointed by the President of the UNC System to the Center for Design Innovation advisory board, which she chairs and the Leadership Winston-Salem board where she serves on the program council, and human relations committee.

Poteat-Spicer is a motivational speaker, community organizer, and certified life coach, her first book, Own Your Truth; Living Life According to Your Own Truth and Your Own Terms, will be published this summer.

Poteat-Spicer is a graduate of Guilford College with a bachelor’s degree in policy studies and criminal justice. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Capella University.

To RSVP, email us: young.leaders@uwforsyth.org


Looking To Volunteer? 

YLU with be partnering with Samaritan Ministries for a drop in community volunteer fair on November 7th from 7:30-8:30 am. Please join us to learn about how YLU members can get involved in helping with Samaritan Ministries’ mission to provide food, shelter and hope to those experiencing homelessness. For more information about Samaritan Ministries, visit their website: www.samaritanforsyth.org/